The Charpak scholarship program is run by the Embassy of France in India.The programme is named after Georges Charpak (1924 - 2010). He was a French physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1992. During World War II, Georges Charpak served in the French Resistance. He was deported to the Nazi concentration camp of Dachau when he was 20 years old. Georges Charpak survived and received his PhD in Nuclear Physics at the age of 30 from the Collège de France. His later findings were of considerable significance for the advancement of civil nuclear engineering and biomedicine. After receiving his Nobel Prize, Georges Charpak became a tireless advocate of the “hands on” approach in science in elementary schools. His work lives on in tens of thousands of classrooms in France today.
The Charpak scholarship program offers three types of funding for Bachelor's and Master's level
- Research Internship Program
This program is designed for all students of economics, engineering and science background at the Bachelor’s or Master’s levels who plan to undertake an internship at a French laboratory during their academic break (May to July).
- Exchange Program
This program is designed for exchange students for a period of one to four months (duration of an academic semester) at the Bachelor’s or Master’s degree level.
- Master’s Program
This program is designed for one to two years of studies in France at the Master’s degree level
The Internship program is reserved for economics, engineering and sciences students. The Exchange and Master's programs are open to all Indian students, from all academic backgrounds.
Your application will be selected on the basis of your academic excellence, as well as the consistency and quality of your statement of purpose. Knowledge of French will be an asset but is not mandatory. For master’s scholarship applicants, a tie-up between your current Indian institution and your future French institution will also be an asset. Important - Please ensure that your statement of purpose is original.
Scholarship benefits for all three programs
- Student visa fee waiver (16500 INR approx)
- Monthly stipend (duration and amount vary as per the program)
- Medical insurance coverage (300/year approx)
- Assistance to find affordable student accommodation